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sheep boy

By Lakkou  
once the harvest of barley is done, the owner of the land rents the space to the shepherds.

I'm asking if the cropping is proper and is it a way to make it sharper when I shot (this time I used a shutter speed of 1/640 as there was a lot of winds)

Thank you in advance

Tags: Sheep Landscape and travel


dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
7 Jul 2018 1:56PM
This is a good shot, and you've asked very good questions.

Composition: there's not usually a right and wrong way to crop, but I have two suggestions, shown in my modification.

One is a little bit more space in front of the sheep. The second is to crop at the top or the bottom (and in this case, the bottom is less interesting, so crop that) to put the line of sheep around 1/3 of the way across the frame.

Getting it sharper: did you use a tripod? That always helps with long lenses: in a wind, you need an even faster shutter speed than in still air. Precise, single-point focus on the sheep might well help. And I suspect that stopping down a little bit more, even if it meant raising the ISO to 200 woudl be helpful.

Beware of making sharpness the only goal, though, and learn to play with things to exploit your kit to the fullest extent. It's easy to say that upgrading both camera and lens would make the picture sharper: it's true that spending a lot of money raises the maximum sharpness you can achieve: but while that's true, it is not helpful, and there are a good number of fine photographers who use older and more basic kit. It's far better advice to suggest that you learn about the strengths and weaknesses of yoru camera and lenses, and establish ways to work around the weaker areas.

An 'arty' monochrome conversion, moving the picture a little away from reality, may make sheer sharpness less relevant.
clicknimagine Plus
12 936 105 India
7 Jul 2018 4:41PM
If you have cropped to get this result, then i must say it is a tight cropping...

I also agree to the point that a little crop in the foreground to place the line of the sheep on the third would be better...

If it is possible to give some space in front of the first sheep, that would have been better...

I wish i could have seen that horse rider in the intersection on the line of third...

So i would have zoomed out to take that shot or cropped accordingly...

Nice job though...

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
7 Jul 2018 5:20PM
Its reasonably sharp, and its cropped to 16X9 which is quite ok.

Theres a lot of glare from the bright barley field which can reduce contrast and apparent sharpness, so you can help this by reducing highlights in post processing.

Many animals are moving, so the shutter speed could have been faster than it is.

Looking closely, the plane where you have focused appears to me to be closer to the camera than where the sheep are, - this could be a focusing error, or, you may be able to check the lens for "front focusing" and adjust the camera using the Auto Focus Micro Adjustment in the Control Functions menu.

The mod has highlights reduced and sharpening applied, - quite a bit actually.

The compositio9n would have been better if you hadnt zoomed on as close as you did, - best to allow a little space in front of the sheep, in the direction they are traveling. Ive added a bit of space in the mod to show what I mean.


mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2018 5:41PM
You have some excellent advice above. I'll just add - always allow space for an animal / person / vehicle to move into. As your upload stands, there's the sense that the sheep are about to bump into the edge of the frame.

Modifications had added a bit of space on the right, which with fairly bland textures is easy. But alternatively you could simply crop off the two sheep on the far right.

Incidentally, if you have the burn tool, try using it with a very large brush, just 3% or 4% exposure, set to shadows, over the foreground. It will enhance textures and give a better sense of distance.

I shall now go and try to demonstrate...

pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2018 7:48PM
It's an interesting image, Akram, and well taken.

I agree with others about putting the line of sheep on a thirds line, and have done that in my modification, but I've also cropped the right side and cloned away what remained of the front two sheep, giving that needed space for them all to move into.
The crop removes the triangle of darker background in the top right, which is distracting.
I also brightened the image.

Lakkou 4 Tunisia
7 Jul 2018 10:11PM
Thank you all for your advice.

following your recommandation the photo is better now.
I uploaded the mod.

Thank you again

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
8 Jul 2018 6:49AM
Thank you for such a positive response to our comments, Akram!

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2018 8:10AM
Thanks for getting back to us, it's always good to hear that advice has helped!

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